CARF to create adult day care accreditation

CARF...The Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission has signed a three-year agreement with the National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) to create and maintain an accreditation process for adult day care services. The number of adult day care centers in the United States has nearly doubled to more than 4,000 since 1990 in response to the demand for home and community-based services.

"Accreditation is a vital and important phase of our long-range strategy for quality assurance in adult day services," says Patricia A. Shull, chair of NADSA.

A National Advisory Committee from the two organizations will use NADSA's Standards and Guidelines for Adult Day Services and CARF's existing accreditation standards as the foundation for developing the new CARF standards, says Donald E. Galvin, PhD, president and CEO of CARF. The standards are expected to be approved by the CARF board of trustees in August 1998 followed by publication in January 1999. Pilot surveys are slated for spring 1999, with actual site surveys beginning in June 1999.